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"Vietnamese Time"

Vietnamese Clock

A few weeks ago, a NPO (Non Profit Organization) I volunteer at set up a meeting so that the Supervisor and teachers could discuss the current curriculum for the English Class we were teaching.  The meeting was at 6:00pm….I showed up at 5:50pm and the Supervisor arrived a little after 6:00pm.  […]

How to get a 5 Year Visa Exemption

5 Year Visa Exemption (Mien Thi Thuc)

It used to be that anyone wanting to stay in Vietnam for a long time  could just get a 3 or 6 month tourist/business visa and extend it indefinitely.  Many expats have stayed in Vietnam for years using this method.  However, in the past year there seems to […]

A Trip to Gia Lai

Gia Rai Kids

A little over a month ago, I went with the Ngan Hac Giay Organization on a trip to help the Gia Rai people in Chu Prong and Duc Co, two small cities in Central Vietnam near Pleiku. Pleiku is known by many in the United States as one of the main […]

71 Days = Puke City

The Culprit

DISCLAIMER!! You should not read the following post if you have a weak stomach!!

The other night I took my Aunt and her friend out to celebrate a belated International Women’s Day (Phu Nu Quoc Te), which is held on March 8th of every year. IWD is apparently a big deal […]

"Thank you…but I don’t eat that"

Vietnamese karaoke singer

Last night I did something that anyone that knows me would be shocked by……I went to a karaoke bar.  A friend had been bugging me to go with him and a group of his friends for awhile….and so in another effort to try to be more social I agreed.  No….I did not […]

Grocery shopping in Vietnam

My Aunt grocery shopping

Going grocery shopping in the United States usually entails making a list, hopping in your car, driving to the store, getting a grocery cart and going from aisle to aisle to fill up your cart with processed foods, soft drinks, week old meat/fish (if you’re lucky), and perhaps semi fresh fruits […]